Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Vanquished Federer to be back at Wimbledon

Vanquished Federer to be back at Wimbledon

Not Roger Federer, certainly not the 11,393 fans who had tickets for No 1 Court and probably not Kevin Anderson, who played the match of his life.

The previously unlikely prospect of Anderson completing an unbelievable recovery appeared a more realistic possibility when he ensured the increasingly frustrated eight-time champion would have to go the distance to reach the last four.

The match was played there after Novak Djokovic, having played three of his opening four matches away from Centre Court, had his request to play in the main stadium granted.

Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over unseeded Czech Jiri Vesely. Meanwhile, Nadal will face off against Juan Martin del Potro; Federer will play Kevin Anderson and Djokovic will play Kei Nishikori.

Despite this, it'd be a huge upset if Anderson could prevail against the Swiss maestro; the victor will face either John Isner or Milos Raonic in the semi-finals. His fourth-round match against Gilles Simon was suspended because of bad light after the fourth-seeded Argentine lost the third set.

"Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon will be one I remember".

Djokovic has had a hard two years but is beginning to look and feel a lot more like his old self again.

The official twitter account of Wimbledon posted a video of Federer playing the shot, asking the International Cricket Council (ICC) to rate it.

"I feel like these streaks just happen", he said.
If one were to point out one single aspect in Federer's game that failed him today, it would be his, otherwise strong-point, forehand.

"I told my team the other day that for me also, after all these years, it is surprising to be the number one seed, in the top-two rankings at 36", he said.

Federer took his tally of consecutive sets won on London's hallowed lawns to 32 with a 6-0 7-5 6-4 dispatch of risky French left-hander Adrian Mannarino. "From that standpoint, I felt great in practice, good in the warm-up", Federer said in his post-match press conference.

In their four previous meetings Anderson, 32, had not taken a set off Federer.

The Swiss lost the set in a flurry of aces, with Anderson's relentless, powerful serve sending the match into a decider. Anderson admitted his triumph against Monfils, which lasted over 3½ hours, was demanding, and as a result he will train lightly Tuesday, focusing more on recovery and plotting his game plan to tackle Federer.

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating stuff.

Djokovic also advanced to his first Grand Slam semifinal since 2016, shrugging off a second-set slump to beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now". By the end I thought I did a great job not thinking about what was happening.

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